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Haunted Tank. Frank Marraffino, Writer Paperback – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Publishing Company (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680723
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,775,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Marraffino is an Amrican comics writer, he has worked on Grimjack for First and Vertigo's revival of Haunted Tank. Henry Flint is a British comic book artist who has worked mainly for British sci-fi comic 2000AD.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BMcG on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
For a book that set itself to the backdrop of the Iraq War during its earliest stages, the series was free of much controversy. Unlike many war comics, it never rang as an anti-war comic, or a protest book. It did take a look at the hardships of ideological wars, but it did so ona broader scale than any one war. It featured a quietly diverse cast of fully realized characters, and managed to present what felt like an overall authentic slice of modern warfare. Except for the ghastly CivilWar-era general. That was less authentic.

This final issue finally gave the story of how the Confederate General Stuart came to be an ancestor of African-American Sergeant Stuart, andit was as domineering and jarring as one might expect. It was this revelation that finally sold me on the angle of the series.

To me, General Stuart's dark legacy of reckless aggression acts as a personified echo of America. Understand, it is not my contention that this is in any way an anti-American story, but it is an attempt to reconcile our historical heritage with our role in the modern world. By inspecting our history, and putting a face on America's greatest shame, and greatest betrayal of its own ideals, it extrapolates the conflicting identity at the center of a fight for freedom. It is about the conflict of individual's shortcomings when they are are meant to be harbingers of ideals. In many ways, to my reading, it is about the impossibility of winning a war; sure, you can finish a war, but to win it requires individuals to internalize new ideologies in a way that simply doesn't happen. General Stuart lost the Civil War, but he never stopped fighting it, and he never learned the lesson it taught the rest of us.

Ultimately, this was the story of the U.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. V. Bramley on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
A clever, self contained series reminiscent of Vertigo's best. This is a fresh new take on an old DC favourite! The Vertigo Haunted Tank mini is a modernized retelling of the classic DC series, with tone noticeably darkened for the mature audience.

With detailed, well researched writing and consistently superb art, Haunted Tank is a must have for Vertigo fans who love titles like Preacher or Hellblazer, as well as fans of the original Haunted Tank!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crichton on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Grim and gritty reboot, affectionate tribute, or incisive deconstruction? Any one of these would have made a good story, but together, it's just too muddled. Worth checking out from the library, but I would not pay full price for it.
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This had immense potential to be both a great action comic and a thoughtful examination of race and history in the USA. Instead, it reads as a checklist of two dimensional ethnic characters crewing (badly) an M1A1 Abrams during the invasion of Iraq who get joined by a ghost with sometimes applicable stories. The characters are boring and predictable, the battles somehow less realistic than the original series, and J.E.B. Stuart, the ghost, is made extra repugnant for no good reason plot wise.

All in all, a poor reboot and lost opportunity.
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